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By Robert Kelley,David N. Kennedy

In its common the Sacramento Valley was once a flood-ravaged sector the place an inland sea 100 miles lengthy usually shaped in the course of the wet season, to empty slowly away through the summer time months. this day the Valley is marvelously effective, with an outstanding capital urban at its heart, yet merely after a seventy-year fight to plan and construct an elaborate thousand miles of levees and drains. Robert Kelley units that conflict in the encompassing nationwide political tradition, which produced, throughout the Republican and Democratic events, broadly diverging rules approximately how most sensible to reclaim the Valley from flood. He attracts on methods built within the box of coverage research to envision the connection among American political tradition and environmental policy-making. we discover that the lengthy controversy over the Sacramento Valley illuminates American decision-making, then and now.

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